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Use only approved vaccines locally -Experts

Release time:2021-04-04 Publisher:South Asia Development

The Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists says the Ministry of Health has no moral right to administer a vaccine that has not been approved by the World Health Organisation.

Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, President of the Association Ravi Kumudesh noted that there is no basis to the claims made by the government that the stock of Sinopharm vaccine produced in China was imported to the country to inoculate only Chinese nationals.

Ravi Kumudesh said the approval has not been granted for the use of the Sinopharm vaccine in Sri Lanka but as a business motive, China has donated a stock of vaccines.

He said vaccines are donated by various countries including India and China as a business technique. Ravi Kumudesh said countries send donations in a bid to help persons to familiarise with vaccines.

He noted, after Sri Lanka received 500,000 COVIShield vaccine doses from India, the government ordered 10 million more doses.

Ravi Kumudesh added Sri Lanka will be importing further 10 million doses of the same vaccine to administer the second dose.

He said although COVIShield vaccine is not the most effective vaccine, Sri Lanka will continue to use it, since locals are now familiar with it.

He said China is now aiming to penetrate the Sri Lankan market by donating a stock of vaccine although it has not been approved for emergency use.

Ravi Kumudesh said authorities should be mindful of taking arbitrary decisions regarding vaccines.